Beyond Compliance: Neurodiversity-Affirming Goals for Complex Communicators – (On-Demand Course)



Want to move beyond using compliance-based approaches in the educational setting? Learn Neurodiversity-Affirming AAC Strategies & Goal Writing for Complex Communicators! ✨✨✨

► Featuring: Alexandra (Alex) Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP, SYC in Educational Leadership

► On-Demand Course: Learners have access to the recording and materials for 180 days from the date of enrollment.

► Audience: AAC Therapy Providers seeking to deepen their understanding and application of neurodiversity-affirming practices. 

🔓🔓🔓 (Therapy Neurodiversity Collective Members, this course is included in your membership!)


🌟 Course Description:

Welcome to “Beyond Compliance: Neurodiversity-Affirming Goals for Complex Communicators.” In this cutting-edge AAC-focused course, you will join neurodiversity-affirming therapists in redefining goals and objectives for complex communicators. Moving beyond traditional methods, we embrace an approach where competence is presumed and ableist ideals are left behind. Explore the transformation from a compliance-based therapy model to an innovative, autonomy-centered approach tailored for AAC users and gestalt language processors. Building on the success Alex’s popular course,  “Inclusive School Practices for Complex Communicators.”

Ever wondered how to write goals that foster autonomous communication and increased personal agency? We’ve got you covered!

Alex will unfold effective strategies, enriched with real-life case studies highlighting the profound impact of AAC modeling versus traditional, behaviorist AAC approaches to inspire and inform your practice.

🎯 What You’ll Gain:

  • Insight into crafting goals promoting autonomous communication and personal agency
  • Knowledge about real-life case studies demonstrating the power and impact of AAC modeling
  • Strategies to share and implement programming information for complex communicators with staff and families


Move beyond compliance to authentic, autonomous communication where neurodiversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated, and every communicator, regardless of complexity, is empowered and heard.

☑ A comprehensive slide handout

☑ Course handout for reference 
☑ Certificate of Attendance for one hour of professional development

Alex Nelson is a current Speech-Language Pathologist for a public school system, and a prospective Special Education administrator eager to share her extensive knowledge base acquired through the support of, programming for, and deeply rooted relationships with a wide range of disabled students, ages 3-22. She is an ardent advocate for neurodiversity, accessibility, and inclusive practices, specifically with respect to students who may have distinct learning styles, complex communication needs, and/or may be doubly marginalized. Alex loves the school setting primarily because of the ability to more efficiently collaborate with various professionals for the greater good of the student. In order to best meet all of her students’ needs and facilitate a “reframing” of their profiles from a strengths-based lens, Alex has initiated and orchestrated several building-based Professional Development sessions about neurodiversity and inclusive practices for classroom teachers, and recently designed and implemented communication boards for all preschool, elementary, and town park playgrounds across her district to enhance communication among neurotypical and neurodivergent peers through play.

After this course, you will be able to

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